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Nov 6, 2009 5:00pm EST
gentlelady from texas, ms. sheila jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker for his kindness and i thank the manager of this legislation, my dear friend from the foreign affairs committee, for yielding. it is interesting to have this day to commemorate the sacrifice of americans some 30 years ago who were held as hostages. a few minutes ago i tried to depict and have people be reminded of the tragedy of lost children during the earthquake in china. just visually picture what happened to those children. it is important as well to revisit visually what americans had to go through who were held hostage in iran for more than a year. i saw some old video where i saw soldiers doing pushups and trying it to keep themselves busy, foreign service personnel and others who were in that embassy that fateful day. this is an important acknowledgment of a transition that has frozen time for the iranian people, frozen their rights, their opportunity for freedom and freedom of speech, the understanding of the concept
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